Interview with 'Digital Photographer' Magazine.

 I'm thankful to Amy Squibb, Chief editor at Imagine Publishing who contacted me yesterday to inform me that there would be a four page spread and interview in their Uk wide magazine 'Digital Photographer' which went on sale this morning. So, there's no shame in me admitting that I rushed down to the local newsagents to pick up a copy or two. Thanks to everyone at the magazine for showcasing my wedding work, it's been a wonderful experience.

  

HD Virtual Wedding Albums are just around the corner...

Re-live the memories and emotions of your wedding day like never before, with your entire collection of photographs put together into a HD virtual album. Watch your wedding day story unfold before your eyes to your personal song and music choices. Take your virtual album anywhere with the latest in smart phone compatibility. Coming from Scott Scully PHOTOGRAPHY. 

 

Esther & Andy - A Perfect Day

What a fantastic day we had at the beautiful Rushpool Hall at Saltburn-by-the-Sea at the weekend. Andy and Esther looked absolutely fantastic and proved to be an amazingly friendly and relaxed couple who seemed to savor every moment of their special day - not always easy as it goes so quickly!  As always, it was a real privilege to photographic a couples wedding. The images we create will stay with them for the rest of their lives, their future children and even grand children will look back at these pictures in years to come. Here are a few shots from Andy and Esther's big day.

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Puppy Power!

It's a while since I blogged so I thought it time to get something out there! Today we had a power cut in Seamer for three hours and the weather is now horrendous with 100 mph winds and snow on the way. So, with the power down and no computer to edit on I made use of the time by photographing our latest edition to the family, Tillie is our nine week old Labrador puppy! She certainly is a great subject and even though i don't self praise often enough (I'm told) I have to admit being pleased with the results. So here are a few photos from our session earlier today. I hope you like like.

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I hope you like the photos, if anyone has pets they would like me to photograph please do give me a call as this is an avenue of photography I'd be interested in developing. Have a great day and wrap up warm everyone.

A Brides Guide to Choosing a Wedding Photographer

As a photographer this is what I would be looking for and the questions I would be asking if I were you and you were me! This isn't about self promotion, it's an objective guide from a photographers perspective to help you sift through the potential pitfalls as a bride to be and come out the other side with photographs of your wedding day which you can cherish for life. Remember, we take photographs which your unborn grandchildren will be viewing in years to come. So, invest some time into reading this guide and apply the advice. Stick to these few simple rules and you won't go far wrong.

Choosing a wedding photographer

 

When choosing your wedding photographer you will feel like a small fish in a very big sea. There are lots of professional photographers available but finding one which you both feel comfortable with and takes photos in the style and manner you want can be a little tricky. It can be tempting to just accept offers from family and friends, but this is something you should think carefully about. It is very hard to match the work of a professional photographer! 

 

Ten Questions You Should Ask When Choosing Your Photographer

 

  • Do you provide full-day coverage (from the bride's house until the newlyweds leave their reception)?
  • Do you work with an assistant?
  • Do you shoot in the photo-journalistic style? If you do, will you also do some traditional wedding photos?
  • How many photos do you generally take?
  • Do I keep my proofs or do I have to purchase them?
  • How soon after my wedding will I get to see my proofs?
  • Will you be taking digital photographs? Will they be available on the day of the wedding? Is there an extra charge for this service?
  • Do you take both black and white and colour photos?
  • What is included in your basic wedding package?
  • What are the charges for additional photographs? Parents Album?

 

What should I look for in my photographer?

Most importantly, when choosing a photographer you should choose someone you feel comfortable with and who produces the high quality you like and in a style you prefer. so, check their portfolio!  Unfortunately formal qualifications are not a guarantee of quality, some of the best artists and photographers in the world are self taught and have no formal qualifications in photography. So, make sure you ask to view a complete wedding album from a recent wedding, and not just look at the photographers best photos as this way you'll know exactly the standard he or she will deliver on your big day.

Book a photographer who is public liability and profession indemnity insurance in case there are any accidents.
You must feel comfortable and confident with your photographer as they are going to photograph one of the most important days of your life.

 

What pictures should I ask for my photographer to take?

This really depends on the style of the photographer you book.  A traditional photographer will be happy to do more group shots than a photo journalistic photographer.  A Photojournalistic photographer will capture events as they unfold with out people having to pose and look at the camera.  Most photographers will be happy to photograph the bride getting ready, and if there are two of them then the other photographer will generally photograph the groom getting ready.

Most professional photographers will know the standard shots to take i.e. signing the register, cutting the cake whilst the more stylish photographers will capture all that together with all the other moments from the day. Such as mum wiping her eyes, the groom looking around as the bride approaches and Uncle Burt catching 40 winks!!
If you have any specific shots you require then most photographers are more than happy to accommodate your requests.

 

What style of photography should I go for?

Have a look around in bridal magazines; there are many styles of photography available from Traditional, Classical, Photojournalistic to cutting edge stylish and dynamic photography. A good photographer should be able to do a mixture of photojournalistic photography with a handful of group shots to keep parents happy and some really great fun shots of the bride and groom together.

Will this still be fashionable when I look back on the photographs?

Traditional staged photographs may look dated in years to come (have a look at your parents wedding album!) However well composed photojournalistic images captured in black and white will not date as quickly and will always look like a timeless classic.

How long will the photography take on the day?

Once again this depends on the style of photography you choose. A traditional photographer will take longer to do the group shots than a photojournalistic photographer simply because he will do more group shots. Group shots can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours depending on your choice of photographer and the co-operation of your guests. A handy hint is get the best man and ushers to help round people up. Most photographers will require the bride and groom on their own for half an hour or so to get some shots of the two of them together.
Photographers love working with Toastmasters, they will help to organise your guests and make sure the timings of the day run smoothly.

Typically allow an hour or so for photography but check with your photographer to see if this is long enough!

 

How do I keep my guests occupied during the photographs?

Champagne, Champagne and more Champagne!  Most guests are more then happy to stand around for up to an hour whilst they may be required for the group shots provided they have a drink in one hand and preferable a canapé in the other. If the weather is bad then ensure there is sufficient room indoors for your guests to stand and for photographs to be taken. To while away the time it can be a good idea to have a small jazz band or string quartet.  A magician or entertainer can also be a good idea to mingle with the guests whilst they are waiting.

How much should my wedding photography cost?

Wedding photography can cost anything from £100 to £5000. You really do to get what you pay for. Many of our clients say to us that the photography is so important to them and it’s not worth compromising on the photography as it's one of the most important reminders once the day is over. Wedding photography has changed considerably over the last few years. Many photographers can now offer totally bespoke wedding albums that can contain upwards of 100 images. Albums are available in a wide range of styles and sizes from Classic handcrafted leather albums to very contemporary magazine style layout where you can have up to 20 images on a page all bound in a aluminium cover with a photograph of the happy couple on the front.

If I have a small budget, can I still get a good wedding album?

Good quality wedding photography comes at a price. When budgeting for your wedding cheap photography can seem like a good idea. However, from our experience in talking to people who compromised on their wedding photography they said they had been disappointed with the results. Some have even been too embarrassed to show their album to their friends. However many good quality photographers will be able to offer you ways of spreading the cost of your wedding photography with an easy pay scheme.

Will it make a difference if my photographer uses film or digital?

Most traditional photographers may still use film cameras. They will shoot every wedding in a similar way with a set number of photos and poses. Digital Photojournalistic photographers will shoot infinite number of shots from different angles and with a variety of lenses form ultra wide to telephoto giving the bride and groom a huge choice of pictures to choose from.

The advent of digital has given both the photographer and client a greater choice in the way their work can be presented. A digital picture can be reproduced in colour, black and white, sepia or a hue that compliments the image or follows a theme. Digital means images can be digitally enhanced to get remove unwanted background signs, or blemishes on skin.

Digital SLR camera have the capability of capturing images in more tricky situations, allow the photographer to preview the results and in many ways now offer a quality that beats film. Also, a digital photographer will make several copies of the wedding images and archive at different addresses whilst a film photographer will only have one set of negatives!

 

What is your best tip for getting the best out of our photographs on the day?

When planning your wedding day allow sufficient time for your wedding photographer to get some great shots of the two of you together. This is a great opportunity for you to spend some time together.

Finally, just enjoy yourself, many people feel like film stars by the end of their wedding. If you look happy then your wedding photographs will look great!

A Brides Guide to Choosing a Wedding Photographer

As a photographer this is what I would be looking for and the questions I would be asking if I were you and you were me! This isn't about self promotion, it's an objective guide from a photographers perspective to help you sift through the potential pitfalls as a bride to be and come out the other side with photographs of your wedding day which you can cherish for life. Remember, we take photographs which your unborn grandchildren will be viewing in years to come. So, invest some time into reading this guide and apply the advice. Stick to these few simple rules and you won't go far wrong.

Choosing a wedding photographer

 

When choosing your wedding photographer you will feel like a small fish in a very big sea. There are lots of professional photographers available but finding one which you both feel comfortable with and takes photos in the style and manner you want can be a little tricky. It can be tempting to just accept offers from family and friends, but this is something you should think carefully about. It is very hard to match the work of a professional photographer! 

 

Ten Questions You Should Ask When Choosing Your Photographer

 

  • Do you provide full-day coverage (from the bride's house until the newlyweds leave their reception)?
  • Do you work with an assistant?
  • Do you shoot in the photo-journalistic style? If you do, will you also do some traditional wedding photos?
  • How many photos do you generally take?
  • Do I keep my proofs or do I have to purchase them?
  • How soon after my wedding will I get to see my proofs?
  • Will you be taking digital photographs? Will they be available on the day of the wedding? Is there an extra charge for this service?
  • Do you take both black and white and colour photos?
  • What is included in your basic wedding package?
  • What are the charges for additional photographs? Parents Album?

 

What should I look for in my photographer?

Most importantly, when choosing a photographer you should choose someone you feel comfortable with and who produces the high quality you like and in a style you prefer. so, check their portfolio!  Unfortunately formal qualifications are not a guarantee of quality, some of the best artists and photographers in the world are self taught and have no formal qualifications in photography. So, make sure you ask to view a complete wedding album from a recent wedding, and not just look at the photographers best photos as this way you'll know exactly the standard he or she will deliver on your big day.

Book a photographer who is public liability and profession indemnity insurance in case there are any accidents.
You must feel comfortable and confident with your photographer as they are going to photograph one of the most important days of your life.

 

What pictures should I ask for my photographer to take?

This really depends on the style of the photographer you book.  A traditional photographer will be happy to do more group shots than a photo journalistic photographer.  A Photojournalistic photographer will capture events as they unfold with out people having to pose and look at the camera.  Most photographers will be happy to photograph the bride getting ready, and if there are two of them then the other photographer will generally photograph the groom getting ready.

Most professional photographers will know the standard shots to take i.e. signing the register, cutting the cake whilst the more stylish photographers will capture all that together with all the other moments from the day. Such as mum wiping her eyes, the groom looking around as the bride approaches and Uncle Burt catching 40 winks!!
If you have any specific shots you require then most photographers are more than happy to accommodate your requests.

 

What style of photography should I go for?

Have a look around in bridal magazines; there are many styles of photography available from Traditional, Classical, Photojournalistic to cutting edge stylish and dynamic photography. A good photographer should be able to do a mixture of photojournalistic photography with a handful of group shots to keep parents happy and some really great fun shots of the bride and groom together.

Will this still be fashionable when I look back on the photographs?

Traditional staged photographs may look dated in years to come (have a look at your parents wedding album!) However well composed photojournalistic images captured in black and white will not date as quickly and will always look like a timeless classic.

How long will the photography take on the day?

Once again this depends on the style of photography you choose. A traditional photographer will take longer to do the group shots than a photojournalistic photographer simply because he will do more group shots. Group shots can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours depending on your choice of photographer and the co-operation of your guests. A handy hint is get the best man and ushers to help round people up. Most photographers will require the bride and groom on their own for half an hour or so to get some shots of the two of them together.
Photographers love working with Toastmasters, they will help to organise your guests and make sure the timings of the day run smoothly.

Typically allow an hour or so for photography but check with your photographer to see if this is long enough!

 

How do I keep my guests occupied during the photographs?

Champagne, Champagne and more Champagne!  Most guests are more then happy to stand around for up to an hour whilst they may be required for the group shots provided they have a drink in one hand and preferable a canapé in the other. If the weather is bad then ensure there is sufficient room indoors for your guests to stand and for photographs to be taken. To while away the time it can be a good idea to have a small jazz band or string quartet.  A magician or entertainer can also be a good idea to mingle with the guests whilst they are waiting.

How much should my wedding photography cost?

Wedding photography can cost anything from £100 to £5000. You really do to get what you pay for. Many of our clients say to us that the photography is so important to them and it’s not worth compromising on the photography as it's one of the most important reminders once the day is over. Wedding photography has changed considerably over the last few years. Many photographers can now offer totally bespoke wedding albums that can contain upwards of 100 images. Albums are available in a wide range of styles and sizes from Classic handcrafted leather albums to very contemporary magazine style layout where you can have up to 20 images on a page all bound in a aluminium cover with a photograph of the happy couple on the front.

If I have a small budget, can I still get a good wedding album?

Good quality wedding photography comes at a price. When budgeting for your wedding cheap photography can seem like a good idea. However, from our experience in talking to people who compromised on their wedding photography they said they had been disappointed with the results. Some have even been too embarrassed to show their album to their friends. However many good quality photographers will be able to offer you ways of spreading the cost of your wedding photography with an easy pay scheme.

Will it make a difference if my photographer uses film or digital?

Most traditional photographers may still use film cameras. They will shoot every wedding in a similar way with a set number of photos and poses. Digital Photojournalistic photographers will shoot infinite number of shots from different angles and with a variety of lenses form ultra wide to telephoto giving the bride and groom a huge choice of pictures to choose from.

The advent of digital has given both the photographer and client a greater choice in the way their work can be presented. A digital picture can be reproduced in colour, black and white, sepia or a hue that compliments the image or follows a theme. Digital means images can be digitally enhanced to get remove unwanted background signs, or blemishes on skin.

Digital SLR camera have the capability of capturing images in more tricky situations, allow the photographer to preview the results and in many ways now offer a quality that beats film. Also, a digital photographer will make several copies of the wedding images and archive at different addresses whilst a film photographer will only have one set of negatives!

 

What is your best tip for getting the best out of our photographs on the day?

When planning your wedding day allow sufficient time for your wedding photographer to get some great shots of the two of you together. This is a great opportunity for you to spend some time together.

Finally, just enjoy yourself, many people feel like film stars by the end of their wedding. If you look happy then your wedding photographs will look great!

 

Queensberry Wedding Albums

Very excited to now be a recommended photographer from world leading album suppliers Queensberry. I'll be using their products from today on-wards almost exclusively. As a photographer, to have my work showcased in these incredible albums is a real high point for me personally. They are basically the Rolls Royce of wedding album makers with decades of experience in hand crafting some of the most beautiful designs I have ever seen in album makers. 

They are also very affordable, so if you have booked with me or Iv'e shot your wedding please get in touch about upgrading.

You can see some of their beautiful products here. http://www.queensberry.com/products

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wedding of Sarah & Lee

Well, it's been a busy weekend for Poppy and me. On Friday 9th we travelled down to the beautiful Barnsdale Hall Hotel Nr Stamford to photograph the wedding of Sarah and Lee. What a fantastic couple! Sarah was a bridesmaid at her friends wedding (Tracy main portfolio image in my wedding portfolio) last year and booked us after seeing the photographs from Tracy's wedding. So, a special thank you to Sarah, Lee and all their wonderful friends and family for sharing their very special day with us.  Here are a few of my photos from the day.

 

Sarah 

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Sarah & Lee

Sarah & Lee

A casual portrait of Lee 

A casual portrait of Lee 

The couple enjoying a traditional first dance

The couple enjoying a traditional first dance

Find Us On Facebook

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Location Shoot with Poppy

As much as I love wedding photography there's something incredibly liberating about shooting outdoors and using 'gods studio' to get creative, there's no rules or boundaries. A massive thank you to my assistant photographer, model and 'niece' Poppy. Here's a few of the many images we captured on yesterdays location photo shoot in and around some rural and urban locations near Stokesley in just two hours. 

Scott Scully Photography Model: Poppy Bowyer Hogg

Scott Scully Photography

Model: Poppy Bowyer Hogg

Scott Scully Photography Model: Poppy Bowyer Hogg

Scott Scully Photography

Model: Poppy Bowyer Hogg

Scott Scully Photography Model: Poppy Bowyer Hogg

Scott Scully Photography

Model: Poppy Bowyer Hogg

Scott Scully Photography Model: Poppy Bowyer Hogg

Scott Scully Photography

Model: Poppy Bowyer Hogg

Scott Scully Photography Model: Poppy Bowyer Hogg

Scott Scully Photography

Model: Poppy Bowyer Hogg

Your wedding album on smartphone, genious...

How would you like to be able to re live all your favourite moments from your big day through a beautiful MP4 slideshow of your wedding album to your favourite music any time you like? Well now you can!

Coming soon and to be included in our full day packages, the SmartPhone digital wedding album from Scott Scully Photography! A perfect miniaturised version of your wedding album to carry with you wherever you go. Re-live your big day, any time any place.  

 

Your wedding album digitised for your Smartphone - coming soon

Your wedding album digitised for your Smartphone - coming soon

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So what's fine Art Wedding Photography?

So what's fine art wedding photography? Well, to me it's about crafting beautiful images for my clients rather than merely recording the events of their big day with my camera using a traditional photo journalistic approach. So, that means using light, composition, colour, mood, emotion, design, camera technique and artistic vision, inspiration and instinct to create images which 'stand out' from traditional wedding photos as more like works of art. Think bridal magazine, beauty, emotion, mood and style. I believe that you don't need to know anything at all about art or photography to appreciate a beautiful picture when you see one.

 Here's my shot of Tracy which fronts my portfolio. I could have just pointed the camera and clicked to record the scene but instead I asked Tracy to sit down in front of her French windows where the natural light pored in from outside. It was a cloudy day, which softened the natural light on her features, adding to the whole style and mood of the picture. Shooting down like this from above creates a very flattering angle, showing her elegant features, beautifully styled hair and tiara. So, in summary it's my goal to craft fine art images like this one and others in my portfolio to tell the story of your wedding day with style and beauty in a way which will stay with you forever. 

 

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www.ukbride.co.uk

I am pleased to announce that from May 15th we will be advertising with UK Brides, the largest online resource for brides to be. You can check them out here awww.ukbride.co.uk/UK-Bride-Competition
nd get the chance to win a wedding package worth £25000!

Firework Art

Last weekend was a perfect opportunity to grab a few photos of the local fireworks display at Gosforth. Helen, my partner, myself and the kids headed off into the cold night air in search of some fun at the Gosforth local display. As you'd expect the grass field soon turned into a mud bath with hundreds of large and tiny feet meandering around the various attractions! But all turned out well in the end as the fireworks display was fantastic! This is one off my shots from the night.

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Only The Best For My Clients - My New Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 VRII

I want the absolute best image quality possible for my clients and of course that means investing in professional equipment which is tried and tested. So the Nikon 70-200MM VRII  F2.8 lens is the latest addition to my arsenal. It has a beautifully soft out of focus background, low light capability and  a 70 - 200 mm zoom function which make this an absolute killer lens for wedding and portrait shoots. No wonder some of the best wedding photographers in the world  swear by this amazing piece of kit.